|Offense||19th||108.2 (15th)||239.6 (18th)|
|Defense||3rd||99.8 (9th)||210.4 (3rd)|
The Houston Texans selected Reader in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 166th overall.
Reader was a four-year contributor but part-time player as a run-stopping specialist at Clemson. The Texans will likely give him a shot as a 3-4 nose tackle.
Houston emphasized offense with its first four picks this year, taking a pair of receivers, a running back, and a center. The Texans finally addressed the secondary by getting K.J Dillon, the lesser-known West Virginia safety that played alongside first-rounder Karl Joseph. Dillon doesn't have the highlight reel full of devastating hits like his former teammate, but he has a nice frame at 6-0, 210 pounds and he has good speed for a safety with a 4.53 40-yard dash. He shows good instincts around the ball with an impressive 20 pass breakups and five interceptions in his two seasons as a true starter. Still, as a fifth rounder in a crowded defensive defensive backfield, Dillon may have to make his mark on special teams early on in Houston.
Ervin was an immensely productive runner at San Jose State, capping off his career there with a 1,601-yard campaign in 2015. He not only had a 300-yard game against Fresno State, but he followed that up the next week with a 160-yard outing at Auburn. Ervin is a burner (4.41, 40-yard dash) skill position player, which has become a theme in this draft for the Texans, who are clearly emphasizing speed and playmakers. He lacks the size to be an every-down back at the next level, and Lamar Miller's presence ensures that Ervin won't be a workhorse early on in his career; however, if coach Bill O'Brien can find a way to get the ball into Ervin's hands, he could be a legitimate playmaker capable of tearing off chunk plays.
Miller will play "in a few different places," according to Houston head coach Bill O'Brien, who added "the slot is one of them."
O'Brien also mentioned Miller lining up on the outside in addition to time spent on special teams. The Houston Texans have loaded up at wide receiver, picking two in the first three picks of the 2016 draft after selecting two wideouts in 2015. There are a lot of bodies ahead of Miller, who doesn't have many reps as wideout after converting from the quarterback position in 2015, so expect more special teams than offense in his rookie year.
Martin, selected by Houston in the second round (50th overall) of the 2016 draft, is expected to start at center.
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